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Date: April 06, 2004

Canadian Engineering Students Want Your Computer

This summer UVic engineering student Christina Kinch will be one of the 12 student technicians establishing 12 IT training centres in the Philippines. To do this, however, EWB needs at least 200 donated computers. Computers should fit the following specifications: 133 MHz processor, 32 MB RAM, 15-inch colour monitor, network interface card, mouse and keyboard, CD-ROM and an optional 3GB hard drive. Any of these individual components are also welcome. Tax receipts will be issued for any donation that’s worth more than $20.

Now in its third year of development, the project has already helped over 500 needy Filipinos gain employment skills. These skills allow for increased job opportunities, as well as provide encouragement to improve their situation in life. In the last two years, eight Canadian students have traveled to the Philippines, set up four IT training centres and taught centre staff.

“Because the Philippines is one of the most computer literate countries in Asia, computer training can break the cycle of poverty that leads to many of these kids dropping out of school to beg for food or look after their families,” says Sarah Murray, the project’s co-ordinator. “With basic computer skills the youth that we are training are getting jobs and finding opportunity.”

EWB is committed to promoting human development through access to technology. It strives to make a positive impact on Canadian communities and the world. Not only are students sent overseas, but computer classes are also being provided to people living in Greater Victoria.

If you would like to donate, or require more information, call EWB member and UVic engineering student Dave Adams at 881-2546 or e-mail at dadams@uvic.ca.

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Media contacts:
Dave Adams (Engineers Without Borders) at (250) 881-2546 or dadams@uvic.ca
Christina Kinch (Engineers Without Borders) at (250) 721-6049 or ckinch@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca


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